History of Medicine Timeline

Timeline created by blairhuffman
  • 500

    Blood letting

    Blood letting
    If a person had a mild headache or sore throat, it was normal for a physician to open a vein and let the blood flow.
  • 659

    Dental Amalgams

    Dental Amalgams
    Creation of amalgams for dental procedures. A text from the year 659 shows the first use of a substance for tooth fillings, which was made up of silver and tin.
  • 910


    Suggests that blood is the cause of multiple diseases.
  • 1200

    Beginning of medical care regulation

    Physicians were licensed after formal training with experienced doctors. Physicians and surgeons received different training.
  • 1305


    By the end of the 13th century, eyeglasses were well known in Italy and worn by people who had bad vision.
  • 1315

    Anathomia corporis humani

    In the year 1315 the Italian physician Mondino de Luzzi even conducted a public dissection for his students and spectators.
  • 1348

    Black Death

    Massive disease that wiped out England's population. Rats carried the disease. Most remedies did not work and there were multiple different ones.
  • 1349

    Charles de Lorme

    Charles de Lorme
    invented and designed the bird like mask worn by doctors during the Black Plague. The beak shaped mask was filled with medicinal herbs that were supposed to prevent the disease, however they did not work.
  • 1350

    Theodoric Borgognoni

    Founded the antiseptic method-where wounds were to be cleaned and then sutured to promote healing. He had bandages that were pre-soaked in wine as a form of disinfectant.
  • 1472


    Surgical procedure that is supposed to help with depression, epilepsy, and migraines.
  • Hieronymus Fabricius

    anatomist and surgeon that prepared a human and animal anatomy atlas. This work includes illustrations from many different artists and he is credited for providing a turning point in anatomical illustration.
  • Peter Chamberlen

    Peter Chamberlen
    invented the obstetrical forceps, used to free a baby from the womb during a difficult birth without hurting or killing baby or mother.
  • William Harvey

    was the first person to properly describe the systematic circulation and properties of blood and how the heart pumps around the body.
  • Book written by woman

    The first English handbook by a woman was The Midwives Book by Mrs Jane Sharp in 1671.
  • Edward Anthony Jenner

    Jenner inserted pus taken from a cowpox pustule into the arm of James Phipps, an 8-year old boy. He then proved that Phipps was immune to smallpox because of the cowpox vaccine
  • Sir Humphry Davy

    anesthetic properties of nitro-us oxide
  • Rene Laennec

    Invented the stethoscope.
  • Typhoid outbreaks

    Typhoid is a disease that inflames the intestines. It is spread through contact with the infection, so can be carried in water, or passed on through contact with an infected person.
  • Child labor

    Child labor
    Children had to work all of the time and would often get injured because of the dangerous machinery that they worked.
  • telegraph communications

    the telegraph was invented to get information from one place to another, This can help in the medical field to get certain information to others.
  • AIDS disease

    the AIDS disease began to rapidly grow again in the 90's.
  • Call for healthcare reforms

    more than three dozen health-care reform bills were introduced in the U.S. Congress. None of them passed. The following year, President George H. W. Bush presented a health-care reform plan that promised to provide coverage for the more than thirty-five million Americans without health insurance and to stop the spiraling costs for the Medicare system.
  • smart pill

    smart pill
    This is used in gastrointesinal diagnostic procedures. it has a camera om it so you can see the inside.
  • Heart disease drop by 40%

    a heart attack is all about speed: speed the patient to the hospital so that a clot that blocks the life-saving flow of blood can be "busted" with drugs like the genetically engineered tissue plasminogen activator or tPA.
  • Human Genome

    scientists in with the International Human Genome Project released a rough draft of the human genome to the public. For the first time the world could read the complete set of human genetic information and begin to discover what our roughly 23,000 genes do.
  • smoke free laws

    smoke free laws
    in 2003 there were only 75 cities in the US that prohibited smoking in workplaces, bars, and restaurants.
  • face transplants

    transfer someone's face to another person's face if they were in an accident or some other event.
  • HPV vaccine

    this vaccine prevents against the 4 strains of hpv that can trigger cervical cancer.
  • synthetic cells

    synthetic cells
    the first completely new synthetic cells were created by stitching together chemicals to synthesise the full genome of a bacterium. This could open the way to new treatments in synthetic biology that could have applications in a range of industries, from biofuels to healthcare.
  • seizure stoppers

    in 2013, a company called NeuroPace revolutionised epilepsy therapy by developing the RNS System; the world’s first closed loop, brain-responsive neuromodulation system.
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    Industrial Revolution

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    Modern World

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    21st Century